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Letter to the Editor: "What tragic mistakes did we make to young Eric Coolam?"

National Post readers discuss the 20-year-old decision to seek medically-assisted death, the "deadlocked" Trudeau administration, and other issues of the day.

A letter writer says Canada's health system has failed Eric Coulam, seen with his grandmother, Donna Suski, in September 2021. Coulam, age 20, has decided to seek medical assistance in dying after doctors failed to diagnosis a gastrointestinal condition that has led to multiple hospital stays, liver and kidney disease and severe chronic pain.
The author of the letter said that the Canadian medical system is with his grandmother. Said that Eric Coolum, seen in Canada, failed. Donna Suski, September 2021. 20-year-old Coulam decides to seek medical assistance to die after a doctor fails to diagnose the gastrointestinal condition that caused multiple hospitalizations, liver and kidney disease, and severe chronic pain. Photo courtesy of Donna Suski

'The slippery slope is real'

Re:20 o'clock death choice: BC man says medically-assisted death is the best way to end the pain of an undiagnosed illness, Jessica Mandy, June 22

It was a tragic failure for young Eric Coolam. Only six years after Canada legalized euthanasia, it was first justified as necessary for people with end-stage illness in the last few days of life, but it is now accessible to almost everyone. It has become. Secure the medical assistance they need to live.

This is the moral decline that we are currently living in a country where all resources are available to end the lives of those suffering, rather than finding a solution to their suffering. Here is an example. The slippery slopes are a reality, and it's time for Canadians to demand the end of this ever-expanding euthanasia regime.

Mike Schouten, ARPA (Association for Reformed Political Action) Canada


Re:The Trudeau Liberal Party looks like a stranded ship, Kelly McPurland, June 21

Kelly Mack Parland is a container ship stuck on the Suez Canal, which likens the Government of Trudeau to a giant.

He writes: "It's like the country is trapped in a canal and can't be relaxed. If the Liberals were in command of Evergiven, Minister Mendicino (Marco) asked the captain to ground it. (Omar) Minister Argabra denies it was grounded, (Melanie) Joly is the boiler crew and (Christia)) Freeland will blame Pierre Poirievre. The Prime Minister was speaking at the summit on how to operate the ship. "

However, Tordeau would not speak on how to run the ship. I believe — he will be posed on the captain for a photo shoot.

Margie Baker, Toronto

'Eat like everyone else'

Re: Governor's in-flight meal is actually $ 80,000 Take, Bryan Passifiume, April 18; GG Sky High Catering Tab, Letter to the Editor, June 22

As a regular basket, we regularly take the self-esteem of the political class. It reminds me of contempt for regulars. It is alive. This is the case for a millionaire receipt to cover part of the trip. It's a serious contempt. Some call it "disgusting."

For our key leaders and their generous staff, here's a simple prescription: Eat like any of us. Not so bad, really. On an Air Canada flight with a family of five, I managed to have dinner for less than $ 60. To be fair, we replenished some packed items to suit specific dietary needs (I recommend dried fish), and I shared my daughter's sandwich. I paid an additional $ 7 for what was given as wine. It was delicious because I bought it (there are not a few dollars after tax). When her daughter asked for overpriced licorice, I said "no." Just like that.

I can assure you (for the people around me) that I am quite important. I am very busy and have a lot of responsibilities. I don't have the time or energy to eat or manage my travel meal budget like a normal person, but I do. You can do it with the staff too.

I presume that the problem here is in expectation as follows. You haven't set them up.

Oren Katz, Toronto

  1. Mary Simon is seen in a file photo from May 9, 2022, in Kuujjuaq, Que. Readers have taken exception to the $80,367.19 catering tab accumulated by the governor general's 29-member entourage plus 17 flight crew on a recent trip to the Middle East.

    To the editor Letter: "Trend of arrogant and careless spending" by the Governor

  2. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau closes the shutter of his window on board a flight departing from Winnipeg in 2019.

    A plane to ride on a political party

'Should have investigated the Sovereignty Association'

Re:Bill 96, Canada, Conrad Black, June 11

When Rene Levesque many years ago tried to market the idea of ​​a sovereign association, we should explore the concept more openly. was. It may have freed both Quebec and other parts of Canada from endless unfortunate marriages. In English Canada, we would have escaped the federal government being elected or at least controlled by Quebec. This is a semi-permanent minority rule. And we would have put an end to the bribe called remittance and the expensive and elitist bilingualism that is overwhelmingly favorable to Quebec.

With Quebec that some form of defense (Americans claim it), St. Lawrence Channel (Americans do), etc. must be clearly shared. It can also be shared), perhaps in the form of the European Union (also with American acquiescence) and perhaps even the Canadian dollar. After that, English Canada can move on and realize its true potential. It's never too late. However, the courage and foresight to rebuild such a country is particularly lacking. In both Canada and Quebec.

R. Dann, Lethbridge, Alta.

Daniel Smith'Not a serious candidate to become Prime Minister'

Re:UCP leadership candidate Daniel Smith hates Alberta, Tyler Dawson, June 17,

The first bet on Daniel Smith's constitutional jurisdiction was that she was the Premier of Alberta. Shows that he is not a serious candidate to become.

I'm all in favor of Alberta's autonomy and the decline of Ottawa, but if Smith wants to do this, he needs a plan to do it according to the rule of law. He orders that he can stop being bullied by federal spending. Instead of pretending to be ignorant of carbon taxes, she could simply rebate the carbon tax if a company collecting carbon taxes in Alberta returned the savings to consumers and nullified the effects. I can do it.

If she wants to play with adults, every time she does something she doesn't like, her plans need to be more than crying and saying "no" like a toddler. We need a real solution from a mature adult, not this fantasy.

Tim Ingram, Calgary

'It's important to criminalize the Holocaust's denial'

Re:We Can't Fight Hate Criminal Speech, No matter how Despicable, Holocaust's Speech, June 15

Senator Alberta Paula Simmons, in a passionate and well-meaning speech, publicly "accepts, denies, or disregards the Holocaust," a measure contained in Bill C-19 of the Government of Canada's Budget Enforcement Act. Legislate as a crime.

She recognizes that Shore may be morally sneaky and anti-Semitic disrespectful, but even if such hatred is criminalized, anti-Semiticism remains. She is confident that it will not decrease.

In addition, Simons fears that adding this criminal law amendment to the budget could lead to hundreds of new haters and big names claiming victims.

Sadly, anti-Semites do not need a barge door to spit out poison.

The Holocaust denial, Israeli demonization, and old-fashioned anti-Semitic metaphors are their fare, and they apply it immediately.

It is important to criminalize this evil.

As more governments do so, and as more institutions and organizations take action in the fight against anti-Semitism, the voice of prejudice will diminish.

This does not preclude all well-meaning people from fighting back in truth, as Senator Simmons argues.

Sam Mitnick, Cote St. Luc, Que.

Mocking justice

Re:You should never treat a deadly drunkard again generously, Chris Serie, June 21 Sun

Thanks to Chris Serie for taking the time in honor of yet another sad chapter in the deaths of the four innocent members of the Neville Lake family.How our judges can believe that Marco Muzzo's decision (and subsequent parole within six years) represents "Canadian values" is misguided and sad. is. Who will be liable the next time a paroleed criminal regains his driver's license and kills more innocent victims in a drunken state?

The general public consulted on the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the "stack" of multiple murder decisions.

Canada's criminal justice system has ridiculed the idea that decisions should reflect the seriousness of crime and act as a deterrent.

The surviving members of the Neville Lake family can live their lives with purpose and meaning in a world of indescribable pain as victims of horrific crimes. I hope.

Susan Silberman, Toronto

'Save the world from climate change, but not inflation. '

Re:Freeland's magical spending does not eliminate inflation, John Ivison, June 16th. AndHigh levels of federal spending are hurting Canada's fight against inflation: Scotiabank, June 19

Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland recently stated that inflation is a global issue, a problem that no country can insulate itself from, "a global phenomenon-a single country is not responsible." It is called "what is caused by factors".

For some reason, she overlooked that climate change is a "global phenomenon" and not the specific responsibility of Canadian taxpayers. You can save the world from climate change, but you cannot save it from inflation.

Les Thompson, Edmonton

'University already has a policy of free speech'

Re:Poilievre Freedom of Speech on Campus, Appointing "Guardian of Freedom of Speech", Catherine Levesque, June 21

Freedom of Speech is a fundamental right It's safe in theory, but it's actually a problem. Freedom of speech does not include the right to prevent freedom of speech for those we disagree with. Oppositions and disagreements need to be available at all times, but must be civil.

There are today's college staff positions and committees that did not exist in 1972 when I became a faculty member. No further committee is needed. Universities already have a policy of freedom of speech and arbitration proceedings, and most universities have ombudspersons with diverse roles, including the protection of freedom of speech. Second, there is a tenure designed to protect freedom of speech, but at the expense of a sinecure even for poorly graded teachers.

Freedom of speech is essential to the learning environment of knowledge and wisdom. Like other large and diverse organizations, universities must have rules to promote their practice, rather than managing freedom of speech. Everyone may not like the rule, but it is necessary to prevent disorder, provided that there is always a way to change the rule and appeal the judgment.

Reiner Jaakson, Oakville, Ont.

Destroying Democracy on Parliamentary Hill

Re:Parliamentary Security Chief said Wellington Street must remain closed, Ryan Tamilty, June 21

Parliamentarians permanently barricade Wellington Street in front of Parliamentary Hill, Parliamentarians Canadian state enthusiasts for "security" appear to continue as they are encouraged to extend their Conservation Services (PPS) mission. ) Includes both that street and Sparks Street's pedestrian paradise. This is complete madness.

My wife and I were in Ottawa recently. The scene in and around the Capitol seemed depressing. Wellington Street was closed to vehicles. The lawn was sad. Several visitors were more numerous than armed PPS police officers in dark blue combat uniforms (I counted 12 of these men standing). There were also seven aggressive looking large PPSS UVs parked on the road where a small green shuttle bus and occasional RCMP cruisers would have been seen once.

Compare this scene with the one you encountered in Quebec City a few days later. The rationale for the state legislature was pure white and fascinating. There were dozens of people wandering in the garden in front of the building. Neither the guards nor their cars were seen.

Security party officials are worried about "potential turmoil in democracy." Nonsense. But their proposal is a real threat to democracy.

David Marley, West Vancouver

'The F-35 is not a "much wise and obvious choice"'

Re:F-35 contract should benefit Canadians, Peter MacKay, June 16

Peter MacKay raises joint strikes alone It's clear that he hasn't learned anything from his dire decision to try, the 2010 fighter F-35A jet. Not only was there no legal justification, but in 2010 the jet was in the early stages of development. Both its features and price were unknown. Contrary to McKay's claim, the 2010 F-35A was not a "much wise and obvious choice."

Again, Mackay makes the same fundamental mistake. Regarding the Future Air Crew training program, Mackay advocates avoiding competition and hands it over to a consortium he has determined to be the best for Canada.

I don't choose the winner because the minister thinks it's the best. Rather, we compete openly, fairly and transparently, thereby ensuring that Canadians have the best equipment to meet our needs at the right price.

Alan Williams, Former Deputy Minister of Defense of Ottawa

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